Organic Site Preparation for Wildflower Establishment
By Sarah Foltz Jordan, Jessa Kay Cruz, Kelly Gill, Jennifer Hopwood, Jarrod Fowler, Eric Lee-Mäder, and Mace Vaughan.
- Smother cropping
- Repeated shallow cultivation
- Sheet mulching
- Soil inversion
- Organic herbicide applications
- Sod removal
Use this document with the timeline(s) & checklist(s) applicable to your region, available below.
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Taking Next Steps
Use these forms in conjunction with the guidelines, Organic Site Preparation for Wildflower Establishment. Developed after numerous field trials, these fillable timelines & checklists provide concise step-by-step instructions for different organic site preparation methods by region. Learn more.
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A collaboration of the Xerces Society and Neal Williams at the University of California, Davis, the Pollinator Conservation Resource Center is where you can find regional information about plant lists, habitat conservation guides, and more. Learn more.
Our partners in the native seed industry are offering specially designed, Xerces-approved wildflower seed mixes that provide foraging and nesting resources for a diversity of pollinators. Learn more.
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